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Meeting Melanie of The Bella Mella

In the midst of the wedding festivities, I got to meet a very special blogging friend. 

Melanie of The Bella Mella lives less than one mile from my sister Christine.  I wasn't about to leave town and not get to meet her. 

Melanie was so gracious to take the time to stop by to meet me and my sis.  Of course, we couldn't just sit around; not Mel.  She grabbed me and off we went ...for a swift walk. 

We had an opportunity to talk privately.  I can only say that she is a gem and I hope a lifelong friend.  She's been through so much this past year and I so wanted to be a comfort to her in any way I could.  My sister Christine really liked her and Mel invited her to attend one of her speaking engagements.  I was thrilled. 

Melanie had planned to stay for a short time but when we returned from our walk, Lisa Shaw of Sharing Life with Lisa had called and was minutes away.  So, Mel stayed to meet Lisa.  And she ended up staying for a few hours more.  Need I say more? 

Lisa was such a blessing and prayed with us for Mel and her family.  I think we all shed a few tears!  I'll share more on my visit with Lisa tomorrow.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. This must be a first for me - being first to comment, that is. I just loved looking at the wedding pics. in your earlier post. I have been waiting all week for you to share. And then to see your beautiful friend, Melanie. You are so blessed to be surrounded by such beauty - inside and out. Glad you had a nice time. God is good!

  2. You were truly blessed to meet Melanie and Lisa.

  3. Hey friend,
    I just got back from choir and saw the link.
    It was truly a pleasure to meet you and your sister, bro-in-law and your daddy, too!
    Hopefully it won't be the last "face to face" with you.

  4. Hi! Debbie, Wow! what a Blessed Time you had! and your niece Kristin is beautiful.I am all about blessings that we have been given,God is so good. Looking forward to the rest of the stories!
    Have a Blessed evening:)

  5. I can just picture you 3 with your heads and hearts together! What an incredible trip you've had Debbie! I'm also really glad to have you back home again, as I'm sure Greg is also! :)


  6. How wonderful for all of you! Such a gift after an already wonderful family filled weekend ~ you were able to share in your spiritual family too :) !!! to God be the glory!

    big hugs!

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  8. oh, what fun to meet some blogging
    friends, face to face.

    thanks for sharing. i'm going to scroll
    back to see wedding pics!

  9. God knits our hearts together in such wonderful ways! Thanks for sharing the meeting here so I can visit with you all too :-)

    Love you!

  10. A good day, indeed! Blessings to all of you.


  11. What a blessing!!!! I read both Melanie and Lisa's blogs, and they have been such an encouragement to me. I am so happy for you all to get together! :)


  12. Just beautiful. I love the way God orchestrated this beautiful meeting of godly women. Love ya, sweet friend.

  13. What a great opportunity you had! God is so good to bring you together with some wonderful blogging friends!

    Coming to California anytime soon???

    Living for Him, Joan

  14. Awww, what fun! I love meeting blogging buddies!

  15. What a wonderful blessing for all you sweet friends to meet!

  16. What a special time, Debbie.....I'm sure you gals made some wonderful memories!!

  17. What a small world we live in really. Just 1 block from your sister's family. How wonderful you got to me face to face. Sounds like such a good time. = )

  18. Isn't that just like the Lord, to bring you 3 sisters together this side of heaven! He has certainly showered you with love, Debbie, with such a beautiful wedding and time with family and friends.

    Blessings and love,

  19. I would have LOVED to meet Melanie. She is such a warrior. She is such a sweet person. I have had the honor to talk with her on facebook. I hope you all had a wonderful time.

  20. What a sweet blessing this meeting was for all of you! God's little gift....

  21. When GOD is in the midst of something, including blog friendships, then it's always SWEET! Loved meeting Melanie in person. She's as precious as you are.

    Loved your family! I feel like I'm in the family now for sure! (BIG SMILE).

    Love you much dear friend. Looking forward to the next time GOD opens the door for us to hug in person.

  22. I knew you met Melanie, but I didn't know Lisa was there too!!! I'm so jealous the three of you were together. I would have LOVED to join you for a walk and a talk.

    I miss chatting with you and hope you are doing well!


  23. There is nothing more exciting that meeting precious blogging friends. I am glad that you were able to meet Melanie and Lisa during you visit to the East Coast.

    Love & peace,
    <>< Iris

  24. This is so awesome! You have met many of your blogger friends, it seems! What a great visit, I am sure ;o)

    Blessings & Aloha!

  25. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah for all of you! So glad you got to share face to face fellowship!!! I love all of you and thank God for placing you in my life.

    I'll be back the next time i can...
    love ya~

  26. Hi Debbie,
    It's been too long since I've visited your blog. And it's been thrilling seeing all that you are involved with. But this link caught my eye because this past weekend I met with one of my favorite friend bloggers while in California.
    We'll be posting our article on Monday--done in interview style. She will have a post on her blog as well. It was such a precious experience. My friend is Sharon of Sharon Sharing God. Hope we pull it off well. The interview gets long.
    Enjoyed hearing about you meeting a blogger friend. I'm in Tucson and you're in Phoenix. We should really plan an (in)courage IRL "beach" meeting for next April. But would love to meet you in person before then!



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